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I-1631 a cure-all for smoke?

In response to Mr. Rasmussen’s letter about the summer smoke we have to put up with and his belief that Initiative 1631 will be a cure for (“Enough with the smoke,” Sept. 30, 2018), it has me scratching my head.

He mentions that 70 percent of the funds will be allocated to sustainable energy projects and 20 percent to clean water and forest management. Not even close enough for forest management and environmental groups have to be on board. The initiative will do nothing to curb fires within the state, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, British Columbia and Alberta. Either man-created or by nature.

We also get a heavy dose of pollution from agriculture to the south and west of Spokane, along with the clouds of stuff drifting our way from China. Maybe the initiative will change our geography so that we no longer are located in a valley. Unfortunately, we will probably put up with northwest fires from all around us for years to come.

I would like to know what’s the cost to energy consumers with I-1631? I get a little antsy with Avista being sold to a Canadian company as it is. Will gas at the pump take a hike, and how about the cost to transport goods to and from the state? Will school districts have to budget more for transportation resulting in higher levy amounts? Too many concerns that need to be addressed.

Robert Johnson



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